A late 18th and early 19th-century Italian author, poet, and political revolutionary, he is remembered for such works as Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis and A Zacinto. His literary work spans the genres of Neoclassicism and Pre-Romanticism.
He spent the last eleven years of his life in London.
He wrote an ode to Napoleon Bonaparte amidst the political turmoil of the late 1700s.
He was born on the Ionian island of Zakynthos and later studied at the University of Padua.
He was the son of Diamantina Spathis, a Greek woman, and her Venetian husband, Andrea Foscolo.